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Nicola Benz

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Intellectual Property, TMT, Disruptive Technologies, Data Protection, Public Commercial Law


Nicola Benz’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. She assists technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors. 

Nicola Benz’s expertise covers outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and collaborations and associated intellectual property issues. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contracts, competition and regulatory issues and data protection.

Nicola Benz is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property. Chambers Europe (2018) ranked her as leader in the fields of Intellectual Property and Life Science, and she was recommended in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Intellectual Property as well as TMT matters. She has also been named as a thought leader for data law in the publication "Who's Who Legal 2018".


Born in Scotland, Nicola Benz obtained her law degree from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1997. She joined our firm as an associate in 2002 and became a partner in 2010. Since 2017 she has been the managing partner of our firm. 


Nicola's working languages are English and German.


Nicola Benz is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Technology Law Association (iTechLaw). 


Born in Scotland, Nicola obtained her law degree from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1997.


Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Froriep's range of services include strategic IP work, enforcement and prosecution matters, as well as transactions for various industries. Key partner Nicola Benz assisted Lebara with the negotiation of a brand licence agreement with another telecoms company as licensee, and also advised Procivis on its alleged infringement of a trade mark. Media companies Lehrmittelverlag Zürich and Meltwater News International receive regular strategic trade mark advice. Frédéric Serra left for HOUSE Attorneys in 2018.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

The Zurich team of Froriep includes banking, finance and corporate specialist Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler, litigator Sabina Schellenberg, intellectual property and TMT partner Nicola Benz, as well as tax lawyer Marcel Jung. Swiss-qualified transport expert Dunja Koch is based in London.

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Within: TMT

'One of the leading Swiss thinkers in blockchain', tokenisation and ICOs, Froriep houses 'a skilled team of IT lawyers who are available when needed'. It 'stands out for its combination of longstanding corporate finance experience with deep knowledge of the fintech start-up industry, which gives the lawyers fantastic credibility'. Additional services include technology transactions, contracts and outsourcing projects, as well as telecoms regulation matters. 'Trusted partner' Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler teamed up with 'pragmatic and broadly knowledgeable' associate Ronald Kogens to assist Procivis with its ICO and data encryption project "Vetri", while 'outstandingly professional subject matter expert' Nicola Benz advises Elea Labs on the licensing of its applications and the development of new blockchain technology for the real estate sector.

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